Mizzou football has made it through the first of two bye weeks this season.
Well, that was one week down for Mizzou football.
It was a little tough to get through Saturday as some of the games just weren’t that good. But Kelly Bryant’s old team nearly got upset against rival North Carolina, so that was kind of fun to watch. Texas A&M and Arkansas was a treat as well.
Four ranked teams lost, but two of those losses came against ranked teams. So I’d imagine you’ll see two new teams ranked in today’s Associated Press poll, perhaps Oklahoma State and Wake Forest. And Missouri should still be in the “Others Receiving Votes” category.
Now that the bye week is over, Mizzou football is back to practicing for an opponent that it will play this week in Troy.
The Tigers used last week as a simulation practice week, preparing as if an actual opponent was ahead of them Saturday, when in reality the Tigers had the day off. That might help the team get off the losing skid that recently has come after byes.
What Mizzou did get out of the practice was a healthy week of reps to go with fresher bodies for the second month of the season.
Everything points to left tackle Yasir Durant as being back to normal. That is a plus. Also, the coaches got a good look at some SEC opponents down the road, including Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
The Tigers next bye week comes during the first week of November, just ahead of Mizzou’s matchup against top contender Georgia. For now, Mizzou can focus on what is right in front of it. A Troy team that couldn’t escape Sun Belt foe Arkansas State, falling 50-43 at home.
Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m. at Faurot Field and will be on SEC Network.